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Demon's Bluff - A World War II Espionage Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Chuck Driskell
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Book Description

In World War II Panama, Rollie Donahue, an agent with the U.S. War Department, is thrust into a desperate chase surrounding the world’s deadliest secret…the atomic bomb. Against the steamy Panamanian backdrop, Rollie clashes with a ruthless adversary while negotiating a shadowy assemblage of spies, double agents, and alluring personalities. In a classic race against time, Rollie scrambles to prevent the secret from falling into enemy hands while trying desperately to discern friend from foe. The world, and his life, hangs in the balance.

An action thriller rich in espionage, intrigue and romance, DEMON'S BLUFF rides a cracking plot all the way to an explosive climax.


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Driskell's newest action thriller is like a high-speed ride, veering seamlessly between action, romance and espionage.  As U.S. and Nazi agents battle for the ultimate secret, one thing is for certain:  the reader wins! - Kelly Durham, author of Berlin Calling

From the Author

When I decided to write Demon's Bluff, my primary goal was to create an action thriller that was a nod to the great books and movies of the 1940s.  I wanted a strong main character.  I wanted a ruthless villain.  And, most of all, I wanted a memorable heroine.  Also, rather than the book taking place in Europe or some other overused setting, I wanted to set it someplace different.  My research led me to Panama, a tiny sliver of a country that, during World War II, was overrun by spies and operatives.  In the end, I'm satisfied with the story I created.  I truly hope you'll enjoy Demon's Bluff.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1544 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Autobahn Books (January 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BIP67Q2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scorching Read February 22, 2013
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I'm a sucker for World War 2 literature, both fiction and non-fiction, and Demon's Bluff hit me squarely between the eyes.  As Driskell usually does, he draws me in with his characters and holds me with a tight, complex plot.

His main character, Rollie, was interesting and upright, but with enough humanity to make him seem quite real.  I enjoyed his struggles and his want of female companionship.  His back story was intriguing too.

For me, Driskell's antagonists are usually his most interesting characters.  Here, Bernd is one of his best ever.  Refined and handsome (and Prussian...an interesting touch) the guy is a true sicko with a wicked sense of humor.  He made me laugh aloud several times.

Vivien was quite memorable too.  But Maria, the conflicted female nearly stole the show.  She was a tad over the top at times but added spice to the story.  I really liked both women.

Driskell added in the requisite amount of sex and violence I've come to expect from his books, and enough tertiary characters to make this big read go very quickly.

My only criticisms would be the lack of much World War 2 side-story.  He sprinkled in mentions here and there (his research and time period details were very good) and with the setting of Panama I guess there wasn't much more he could tell us.  I also felt the plot was a bit complex in points.  I had to reread a few pages but who knows, I might just not be smart enough to keep up.  I'd call these criticisms minor as this is a tantalizing read.

The book itself was slightly similar to The Rhinemann Exchange by Robert Ludlum.  Driskell's writing is easier and more "conversational" than Ludlum's.  In fact, I'm not quite sure what other authors I would compare Driskell with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best, but still exciting August 10, 2013
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This was not one of his better stories. His first three were remarkable, and I recommed them highly. I am looking forward to his next effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read July 13, 2013
By Mick
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I bought this book knowing nothing about it, it has turned out to be a very enjoyable time killer that I would recommend
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4.0 out of 5 stars D. O. W. thriller! May 17, 2013
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Well written exciting and fast pasted World War II thriller! Leads you from the Great Lakes and Chicago to Havana, Cuba and Panama City with the canal in the background then back to the United States. The historical accuracy is excellent and the development of each character is played so smooth you feel as if you know each of them.
I hope Rollie is continued in a future story since this time in history is wide open as our intelligence agencies are just being their growth into modern day monsters with a vast number of untold, behind closed doors, under the counter deals created in these agencies uncontrolled by agents from all levels approved and otherwise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Demon's Bluff April 26, 2013
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Surprisingly good story that had a good flow. No excessive detail that is often found in WW ll, or some espionage novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and accurate tale March 22, 2014
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Excellent read. Historically correct, as far as I can determine. Thanks for not translating every German phrase,I often find that annoying.Like to read more from this author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable March 7, 2014
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Driskill does a great job on a narrative that is very believable. I am so used to spy thrillers being in Europe, the Central American location was a good change of pace. And I can imagine that Panama served as a focal point of espionage during the War. Good job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read February 23, 2014
By MGDA
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Thought it got off to a slow start, but ended up being a really good book. If you have been in the military you know the answer to "would they lie to you".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great WWII Thriller!
Really enjoyed this read. I'm partial to any WWII thriller and this one was a great page-turner for me. Nazis, Spies, Double-crosses, Action, Adventure, Romance, the works . . . Read more
Published 2 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars secrets and spies, villains and delible promises, what a ride!
This book tore me apart as I became involved with the characters, the more they flirted with disaster, the faster my heart pounded. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sweettalk
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced action thriller set in WWII
“Demon’s Bluff” is a fast-moving, entertaining, and thrilling yarn of deadly betrayal set in Panama during World War II. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe S. Epley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot twists
I hardly ever read war fiction, but this was a thoroughly enjoyable read! Good plot twists, and I couldn't put it down toward the end.
Published 2 months ago by Barb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well written - just the right balance of mystery, intrigue and action.
Published 2 months ago by Douglas L. Featherston
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent well written book
The pace of the story was fast with a real good feel about Panama and the 1930's
Well worth reading
Published 2 months ago by ZZ
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Pretty good WWII espionage thriller with interesting characters and an above average plot. Maybe a little heavy on the sexual scenes, but overall really enjoyable reading
Published 3 months ago by Larry Brazill
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Good Thriller
Chuck Driskell had a story to tell, and he told it well. Maybe, I found the beginning a bit slow and laboured. But once the theme unfolded, there was no looking back. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D R N
5.0 out of 5 stars Nazi spymasters, international treachery and intrigue
When a beat-up agent goes undercover on a hunch and starts following a traitor, the action flys from Chicago's Windy City to Panama's corruption, greed and spy infested alleys and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sam Wagner
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice read overall
Demons Bluff is an interesting story of WWII intrigue. I enjoyed it very much. The characters were interesting and the story was not predictable like some WWII thrillers can be. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gary L. Richardson
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The youngest of five children, Chuck's initial love of fiction was borne out of a lack of money coupled with an overactive childhood imagination. On Sunday afternoons during his childhood, Chuck's parents would take the entire family to the public library--it was pleasurable and, best of all, free. He credits The Shining, by Stephen King, as being the first novel he ever read.

Following high school, Chuck joined the Army after finding little inspiration (or money) for college. He was stationed stateside at Fort Sill and as a paratrooper at Fort Bragg; but it was Chuck's two-and-a-half years stationed in Germany that forged many of the memories that fuel his interest today.

Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Chuck endured more schooling before embarking on a career in advertising. In 2001 he co-founded B2B Media, Inc., a company that would go on to be named the second fastest-growing company in South Carolina.

While his career was progressing nicely, an active skydiver, Chuck suffered an accident while BASE jumping from the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia. Although he's since recovered, the accident took away his ability to compete in numerous sports. It was the accident, and his resulting physical limitations, that would later become the seed for his need to write.

As his career churned on, Chuck married his wife in 2003. Fulfilled personally and professionally, something began to tug at his mind. Before his accident he'd been able to satisfy his inner desires, first with the adrenaline of a soldier's life, and later as a risk-taking skydiver. When he could no longer be either, he realized something was missing.

Searching for an answer, in 2005 and at the behest of one of his closest friends, Chuck began to write. Claiming he couldn't write a decent sentence at the time, he started by penning his own experiences. After moving on to short stories for a period, he eventually began to write novel-length stories in earnest. Over time he learned to blend flawed characters with extraordinary situations, creating a hybrid of the classic spy/suspense novel. Chuck's passion for travel--especially in Europe--helps lend genuine background and texture to his writing.

Now, every day, Chuck awakens before the dawn and writes. He claims his writing is at its best when his mind is a blank slate. Plus, by writing early, he doesn't miss time with his wife, his daughter, or his son. They live in South Carolina.

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